Shootouts in the NHL

Cody Hodgson scores game winning goal in the shootout against the Oilers (01/24/12); Photo Source: Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

I want to discuss an important matter with you. It’s not about some parallel alternate universe where your redheaded doppelganger is a complete bitch than you (I’m pretty sure she’s even nastier than you in the bedroom too (HEYOO I TOTALLY WENT THERE!!!)). No, I’m not here today to discuss my theories about season four of Fringe with you. Perhaps, I’ll save that for another time. This is an issue of pressing concern. I’m not the biggest fan of shootouts in the “new” NHL (can we stop calling it the “new NHL” too?).

That’s not true. I absolutely fucking hate them. Seriously.

I understand that the NHL wants a tiebreaker so teams are awarded points to advance to the Playoffs. I agree but I don’t think its in the spirit of hockey. Ice hockey is a team sport. There is no “i” in team. It’s one-on-one. Just you and the goalie. No team effort whatsoever. It’s like playing the best of three rock-paper-scissors with your buddy over the last can in the six pack of Molson. In my honest (and albeit blatant) opinion this is a deal breaker for hockey fans.

I think the NHL needs to implement new tie-breaking regulations. However, I’m pretty certain that Commissioner Bettman will disagree with me here. I really enjoy endless overtime like in the playoffs. It doesn’t need to be 5-on-5, 4-on-4 works for me too. Just gives players that extra skating room. And? Players get to work with their linemates to put pucks in the net!

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Different opinion?

Salo, Hamhuis make a Higgins sandwich after he scores OT goal against Senators. 11/21/2011 Photo Credit: Stuart Davis, PNG